WESTMINSTER -- About 2,000 people listened to musicians churning outbluegrass sounds at Sunday's Deer Creek Fiddlers Convention at the Carroll County Farm Museum.
Bluegrass and old-time bands, 14 in all, entertained visitors to the event while competing for prizes.
Organizers plan a sequel and another competition on Aug. 4.
First, second and third place winners in each category include:
* Bass fiddle: Moe Nelson of Montgomery County, John Waske of Baltimore, Jack Willoughby of Sykesville.
* Old time banjo: Jim Rosenstock ofPrince George's County, Pete McClurkin of Montgomery County, Paul Macksell of Washington County.
* Guitar: Tim Wallbridge of New York,Ray Hesson Sr. of Prince George's County, Michael Hesson of Prince George's County.
* Vocalists: Ronnie Wagoner of Westminster, Mike Phipps of St. Mary's County and Joe Miller of Baltimore County.
* Mandolin: Dallas Blair of Pennsylvania, Mike Phipps, Kenny Wise of Baltimore.
* Bluegrass fiddle: Jerry Lundy of Cecil County, Aaron Till of Finksburg, Robert Hill of Pennsylvania.
* Bluegrass banjo: Keith Arneson of St. Mary's County, Tom Neal of Hampstead, Joe Miller.
* Special performance: Larry Wischhoefer, of Prince George's County, Moe Nelson, Tim Shelley of Harford County.
* Dobro: William Erbof Union Bridge.
* Old-time fiddle: Rob Caruthers of Washington County, Earl White of Virginia, Ken Wright of Prince George's County.
* Bluegrass band: Dixie Ramblers of St. Mary's County, New Breed Blue Grass of Baltimore, Salem Bottom Boys of Carroll County.
* Old-time band: Caruthers Others of Western Maryland, Fretlocks of PrinceGeorge's County, Doc Stock's Yuppie Scum of Prince George's County.
"We were a little disappointed with the turnout," said Shook. "We usually have about 3,000 people."
She added the admission price was raised $1 and may have contributed to the decline in attendance. Many of the performers already have signed up for encores.
"We have a lot of interesting talent scheduled," she said. "We even have a 7-year-old who is quite a fiddler."
Meanwhile in South Carroll, musicians weren't the only competitors last weekend. Piney Run Park sponsored its annual Children's Pet Show Saturday.
About 30 children entered pets ranging from dogs and cats to turtles. Judges called a 50-pound Vietnamese pot-bellied pig the most unusual animal. One child had a spontaneous entry with a turtle he found at the park.
Championdog and pet with the longest ears was Misty, owned by Mary Beth Piechocki. Champion cat was Honey, owned by Jessica Watkins. Honey also took best cat in costume.
In the miscellaneous category a turtle named Shelly, owned by Adam Reaver, took champion as well as first in the reptile/amphibian category. Categories, cats and owners include:
* Prettiest eyes: Ed, Laura Siegel.
* Longest fur: Eureka, DavidReynolds.
* Longest tail: Squirt, Sarah Payne.
* Most colorful: Kitty, Pam Dempsey.
* Smallest: Pookie, Sean Lawler.
* Unusual: Blue, Sean Lawler.
* Largest: Bundles, Melissa Reaver.
Categories, dogs and owners include:
* Most spots: Sam, Lisa Heberle.
* Smallest: Smokey, Tammy Blaney.
* Best tricks and largest: Tiffany, Stacy McQuay.
* Best costume: Shagg, Jean Trigali.
* Saddest face: MoJoe, Laura Trent.
* Best-groomed: Punky, Renae Villard.
* Longest tail was a three-way tie: Duke, owned by Jamie Wagner,Happy, owned by Jessey Thompson and Tiffany, owned by Stacy McQuay.
Categories, miscellaneous entries and owners include:
* Small farm animal: Elmo, a rabbit owned by Billy Luecking.
* Rabbits and rodents: Whitie, a hamster owned by Lori Rawa.
* Most unusual: a tie between hermit crabs Hermie, owned by Bobby Goddard and Quiet, owned by Christopher Simon.